Tackling Your Toxins
No doubt, today’s world is full of dangerous toxins. They are in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and the products you use. Scientists estimate that the average adult has about 700 contaminants in their body at any given point. Rising rates of chronic diseases and other ailments have been directly linked with these toxins. However, with some awareness and insight, there are ways to reduce your exposure to toxins.
By breaking down toxicity into four categories, it will help you understand how to come clean:
Pollution from manufacturing, cars and second hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid. But, breathing it in can be very detrimental. Alarmingly, there are studies showing that air pollution is associated with heart disease, preterm births, inflammation, and asthma. Using an air filtration system and/or an essential oils diffusor in your home is a good place to start.
Organic foods have more nutrients than conventional foods. Plus, unlike conventional foods, organics DO NOT have all the nasty chemicals – such as pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Children exposed to higher levels of these pesticides have been found to have higher rates of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. This tip is easy – EAT ORGANIC. Now days, most grocery stores offer organic foods that are not much more expensive than non-organic. But, if you want to save some money, the Environmental Working group does a study every year on the produce with the least amount of pesticides, etc. called the “clean 15” (could buy non-organic) and produce with the highest amounts called the “dirty dozen” (definitely buy organic). To get this updated pocket guide follow the link: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/index.php
Toxic chemicals are found in everyday products such as in plastics, furniture, food wrap, cookware, cans, carpets, shower curtains, electronics, cosmetics, perfumes, and even shampoo. One of the worst offenders is called phthalates, which make plastics more flexible and harder to break and helps chemicals and scents bind together. Phthalates have been banned from toys and children’s products. You can reduce your exposure to phthalates by using unscented lotions and laundry detergents, microwaving food in glass containers rather than plastic, using cleaning supplies without scents, and avoiding air fresheners and plastics labeled as No. 3, No. 6 and No 7.
According to a study, more than 300 pollutants are found in U.S. tap water. To remove the majority of these water toxins from your home, add a tap water filter and shower filter.
These tips are the basics of how you can decrease your toxic load. With a little bit of awareness and work, you can reduce your exposure and increase your health, happiness and wellness.